In land scarce Singapore, it is incredible that 101 hectares of prime waterfront land is set aside to build a world class garden. Over the last five years, this spectacular garden has been gradually taking shape and on Tuesday I had a chance to preview it thanks to the 20th World Orchid Conference.
It was almost 3pm when I reached Gardens By the Bay and dark threatening clouds were looming in the sky. As I strolled along the Dragonfly Bridge towards the garden, many dragonflies were gleefully fluttering around me.
It has been ages since I saw a dragonfly in Singapore!
Many Singaporeans and tourists came for the preview. I did not buy a ticket (S$15 per adult) to the Flower Dome preview as I was meeting an overseas guest at Marina Bay Sands in an our.
I am truly impressed with the garden artistry despite that it is still under construction. I am looking forward to its opening day.
One key feature is the Heritage Gardens, comprising the Indian garden, the Chinese garden, the Malay Garden and the Colonial Garden. Visitors do not need tickets to enter the Heritage Gardens.
The Marina Bay Sands features prominently as the backdrop for many photographers' shots. Have to make a note in my diary to book a night at MBS and request for a room facing Gardens by the Bay when the attraction officially opens in June 2012. Yeah.
The unique Flower Dome
The 18 tree-like structures are uniquely designed vertical gardens. I can't wait to see how they will turn out. It would be a cool structure to have in my garden. :D